Lemon grass is also used commercially as the lemon scent in many products including soaps, perfumes and candles. A related plant, (Cymbopogon nardus) is the ingredient in citronella candles sold to ward off mosquitoes and other insects.
- Trim lemongrass and cut into matchstick size pieces.
- To make stock: Add the shrimp heads and shells to water, then cook for 20 minutes. Turn the fire off. Soak the heads and shells for further 20 minutes before discarding.
- Add stock, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, chili padi, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and chili paste to a pot and bring to a boil.
- After boiling for 5 minutes, add shrimps and both mushrooms. Cook for another 10 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.
- Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Stir in the shallot and 1 pinch of salt; cook and stir until the shallot has softened, about 5 minutes.
- Stir shallot, pineapple, ginger, lemon grass, cilantro, honey, vinegar, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, extra virgin olive oil, and salt to taste, together in a bowl. Set aside.
- Place a steamer insert into a saucepan, and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Cover, and bring the water to a boil over high heat.
- Add the green beans, recover, and steam until just tender, 2 to 6 minutes depending on thickness.
- Immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes until cold to stop the cooking process. Once the green beans are cold, drain well, and set aside.
- Heat the safflower oil in a large skillet over high heat. Thoroughly dry each scallop. Once light wisps of smoke are visible in the safflower oil, carefully place the scallops in the skillet.
- Sear the scallops until golden brown without moving them, about 1 minute. Flip the scallop and cook until desired doneness, about 90 seconds.
- Turn off the heat and remove scallops from the skillet. Toss green beans into the still-hot skillet for 1 minute. Serve scallops over green beans and top with pineapple salsa.
2 tablespoons loose chamomile
2 tablespoons loose lemongrass leaves, chopped
The Backyard Patch makes Lemon Grass scented bath salts and several teas which include lemongrass. To see these and other products from the Backyard Patch, visit us at http://www.backyardpatch.com/